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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 33,277

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

The KFC hoax - is it getting attention because it distracts from the pit bulls

who bit the girl?


I'm sure there are many sweet, gentle pit bulls out there. But there is no way in the world that I am willing to walk into a rescue shelter and take one home. Apparently, many people agree with me because over half the dogs at local shelters are pit bulls.

Please don't tell me that a given dog is really a terrier or American bulldog or boxer or whatever. People can pick out the dogs descended from those bred to fight regardless of what they are called. (Odd isn't it, whenever one attacks, it's not really a pit bull!)

FWIW, I will never adopt a cocker spaniel, either, They were over bred back in the 50's and still have a reputation for suddenly biting people for no apparent reason. I would think very carefully before adopting an Irish setter; most of the ones I've seen are too high strung for my family. A greyhound retired from racing? I live on a busy road and would be afraid the dog would get out, run and be hit by a car. A border collie? It wouldn't be fair to the dog - I don't have the time to keep one busy. It's time to face facts and realize that while all humans are the same despite superficial differences in skin and hair, but that different breeds of dogs are different breeds precisely because of different characteristics in looks and behavior!

Mineral water - I've been on a business trip to Germany and have gotten

hooked on mineral water - either "still" or "with gas". I drink more of it than I ever did of tap water and enjoy the calorie free flavor that is not going to rot or etch my teeth. (I love water with lemon, but am afraid of what the acid might do to my teeth.)

So, any suggestions for flavoring tap water?

What I learned on E-Bay:

1. Many of the items treasured by my mother and aunts (Waterford, Belleek) are available for a fraction of what they cost when I was a child.

2. Many of these items are still in the original box, "brand-new - never used".

3. The time to enjoy your treasured item is now - use it or someone else will after you're dead.

Who are the Americans in the Green Zone? Why are they there?

Who do they work for? How many are there?

Silent thread for Eric Cantor's primary loss:

Sometimes, when a horse is dead, it is time to stop beating it -

let alone dragging it into a new OP and starting to beat it again.

Hey women of DU - I need some suggestions-

I'm going to be on the road, living in the same hotel room for the next month or so. I hate leaving things out on the bathroom counter and making life tougher for the cleaning person. I also hate dumping my makeup into a bag and pulling it out every morning. So - any suggestions for carrying my make-up in an organized fashion without adding too much weight to my bag?

"Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere."


Cross-posted from GD so everyone sees it!

Thanks to Lucinda for correcting the link!

"Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere."


Hey - you know you owe it to the next generation!

thanks to Lucinda for posting the correct link!

I only have so much energy to do things, and it's very pleasant outside,

so the dust in the house will have to wait until the November rains!
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